Thursday, July 22, 2010

Have you ever been convinced you're using the right word when you're not??

I have. And continue to do so. There are two words that always trip me up. It all began around four years ago...gosh that seems so long ago but it feels like yesterday...Kiki and I were out to eat. I always get the same thing when I go places (and that's a whole other post) mainly because I don't like to be disappointed so if I get what I know I like...no disappointment! I ordered my usual which comes with fries. At this specific eatery they have awesome mayonnaise that I like to use to dip my fries in before their bath in ketchup...super healthy, I know! The server brought our food and I preceded to ask him for the mayonnaise by saying "Can I get a colander of mayonnaise?" "Sure" he says, looking somewhat befuddled. He returns a few minutes later and says "Sorry, we're fresh out of colanders of mayonnaise!" I knew this wasn't true as I had got it this way numerous times in the past and was about to get angry...when it hit Kiki (I was still oblivious) and she started laughing and told me that I meant ramekin NOT colander! DOH! I was so embarrassed but now it has become this big joke. Anytime we go out I always jokingly say "I think I need a colander of mayonnaise" to Mr. Ski or Kiki (they were the only ones who knew...until now) and we laugh at my stupidity. The sad thing is that I KEEP doing it! I have to make a conscious effort not to say colander when I mean ramekin. It's like those words are programmed in my brain wrong. At least I don't try to drain spaghetti in the ramekin! :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ABC's...they really are what it's all about!


Or is that the hokey pokey? Regardless, for this post it's the ABC's! I have a hard time figuring out if I'm a daddy's girl or a mommy's girl so I usually claim to be both. I have an amazing relationship with both of my parents (yes, I know I'm very blessed) and I spent a lot of time with my dad once all my sister's were grown up. I hung out with my mom a lot too but since my dad was a teacher and had the liberty of picking me up from school and having summers off with me we spent a lot of time together. We went to flea markets and junk yards, auto auctions and various home improvement stores needless to say we drove a lot... and during our times in the car we often played games. My favorite being the ABC game...you know the one...A in Holiday, B in Breakfast, C in Continental and so forth. I remember one ABC game clearly...we were driving home from somewhere and we were both stuck on the dreaded "Z" when I decided that I would start over (mainly out of boredom) I was on R or S when I saw it "AuthoriZed vehicles only." "Z in Authorized!!!" I shouted, ecstatic with my victory. Dad admitted defeat without even mentioning that I had started over and wasn't even back on Z yet. Had I been playing with anyone else they probably wouldn't let me claim my victory...but not Dad. Dad let me have that small victory and obviously it meant a lot to me considering I'm blogging about it 18 years later. I don't know what it's like to be a parent, maybe I never will know, but I hope that if it is possible I'm able to be as loving, unselfish, and ever-present for my kids as my parents were for me. I wouldn't trade being my Dad's tag along for anything, he might though considering he rarely ever won at the ABC game! :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Saturday Sampling

Saturday Sampling

So, yeah, I completely forgot to do this aspect when I linked up my Southern Vocab post over at Half Past Kissin' Time. Mrs. 4444's has had another awesome idea and I threw my post up before I even thought about the fact that I had forgotten to tell you about Mrs. 4444's great idea. Saturday Sampling is a compilation of blogger's favorite posts. Such. a. good. idea. You know, if you're behind on your reader and looking for the perfect post head on over! You can even link up your own favorite post that you think deserves a read! Perfect!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday Fragments

Mommy's Idea

Fragmenting on Fridays is always such a relief. A topic that allows me to be random out loud instead of keeping it to myself. Head over to Mrs. 4444's Half Past Kissin' Time to read more Fragments and link up your own, provided you follow directions and aren't just linking up all willy nilly. Rules are our friends.

***We are having sporatic downpours here in Middle TN. I have a love/hate relationship with them, while I love that it cools everything down momentarily, I hate the humidity that follows...it's miserable!

***Pay Day = Pay Bills Day. I wish these two things didn't have to coincide.

***Gidget is spending the weekend with Edward, which I find cute. He came and asked me if it was ok that she come with him to him Mom's...I wonder if he was nervous. :) Hopefully she will behave as well this time as she did last time, but I have a feeling that even if she was bad he would never say...he loves her that much.

***There's nothing like finding old, stale popcorn in your purse from a movie you saw on Monday. Mmmm...snack! KIDDING!

***Positive thinking is hard. I just have to keep reminding myself that worrying about it will do me no good and only cause me more stress. How can I be so rational on the outside and so irrational on the inside?

***I found out this week that my mom reads my blog. HI MOM! :) I miss you and I love you so much! Thanks for always being such a good mommy, you mean the world to me.

***I'm fairly certain I saw a lion on the side of the road yesterday. Ok, so it may not have been a lion but it was something big and cat like, maybe it was a cougar. Unfortunately, whatever it was had been hit while trying to cross the interstate. I really need to do another post about my commute...you wouldn't believe some of the things I've seen.

So there it is...my Friday Fragments and they are shorter than usual. SCORE!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thousand Words Thursday

Cheaper Than Therapy

Head over to Cheaper Than Therapy to inquire about the details of Thousand Word Thursday!

I wish she could tell me in a thousand words or less what she is thinking...it's probably something like "REALLY, MOM?!" I do know that she's most likely grateful that her lady parts were removed so that she never again has to wear Fancy Pants.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Southern Vocab Lesson: Tippits

Tippits - small pieces of anything....be it food or carpet fuzz.

My grandparents (maternal) played a large role in my life. They lived 15 minutes from my parent's house and we spent time with them often. On Friday nights there was a rotation between the four of us, and we waited (impatiently) for it to be our turn. While it may not seem like a big deal, back then we couldn't wait for our turn to stay the night at Pawpaw and Grammy's by ourselves because we knew it included Piccadilly Cafeteria (YUM!), dancing with Pawpaw to the Lawrence Welk show and briefly feeling like an only child. What I would give to go back and dance with Pawpaw one more time to the Lawrence Welk directed tunes. Pawpaw passed away almost 6 years ago and it feels like we lost him yesterday. I miss him greatly.

Back to the topic....tippits! My grandparents were meticuluos about cleaning. Not so much that they cringed when we dirtied things up but they had a strict cleaning schedule. Right now, I can only remember Friday's activities, vacuuming. Pawpaw would pull around the hose vacuum every single Friday morning and on the days between it was nothing out of the ordinary to find him crouched on the carpet picking up "tippits" - tiny pieces of paper, crumbs, fuzz, etc. - to keep the carpet looking clean until it could be vacuumed on Friday. Tippits weren't just things found on the carpet they were also the coveted roast beef shavings from Grammy's Sunday roast which we all fought over (4 girls...we fought a lot). It makes me laugh now to think about it; tippits were both undesirable and desirable, annoyances on the carpet and delicous shavings of meat, something to be thrown away and something to be eaten. Up until now I guess I had never noticed how funny it was...probably because I thought that the word "tippits" was a part of everyone's vocabulary. That is until I was asked what I was doing crawling around on the carpet and this exchange occurred:

Mr. Ski: What are you doing, babe?

Mrs. Ski: (What does it look like I'm doing?) Oh, just picking up tippits.

Mr. Ski: Tip-whats?

Mrs. Ski: T-I-P-P-I-T-S....little pieces of crap(not literal) on the carpet.

Mr. Ski: (Blank Stare)

He knew I'd explain further (apparently I over-explain things...but you know that if you've ever read my Friday Fragments), and I did not disappoint as I told him the origin of "tippits" and laughing over its contradictory meaning. Now when I pick up tippits off the carpet, I smile because it not only reminds me of my beloved Pawpaw but it also means he is still with me. And now I'm crying.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Friday Fragments

Mommy's Idea

I feel like I have been away forever, especially from one of my most favorite activities...Friday Fragments hosted by the wonderful, beautiful Mrs. 4444. Head on over to her blog to check out all the fun that can be had from Friday Fragments!

*I have been on a rocky road lately. Losing my insurance has plagued me (you know, since I'm a walking pre-existing condition and all) and I allowed it to consume me with worry and what ifs. Now that everything is beginning to pan out I feel silly for allowing it to take over. I'm reminded of two phrases, one from my mother and the other from a song by the awesome Brett Dennen. My mom told me about an article she had read about worrying, the part that really got me was "The worst things in my life have never happened to me." Gosh, isn't that the truth! I worry so often about the negative and the things that could happen when I really should be focusing on the things that are happening. The second phrase is a lyric from Brett Dennen and it says "Darlin' do not fear what you don't really know..." SO. TRUE. If only the ability to stop worrying could leave me immediately...but I am aware that it will take a lot of work to retrain my brain.

**I know this is relating to the above but going through all of this insurance crap has made me realize how important Health Care Reform is, there are millions of people who are in my situation or worse and let me tell you it is a scary, scary place. I began to feel like I was being punished for something I had no control over. I was born with a heart defect, I didn't choose this, I didn't cause this and yet I'm forced to pay for it every single day as insurance companies one by one turn away from me. Is that fair?

***Gidget has a boyfriend. Our friend Edward (not a vampire) kept her for us while we were out of town and Gidget fell in love. Now whenever he comes over, Gidget follows him around, sits in between his feet and overall is enamored by his presence. I have started calling her a cheater when he's around and all she does is cock her head to the side like "What? Can't I be in love too?!" Ah, puppy love. Literally.

****Did you guys know that there is a flying car now? While it won't be available to sell until next year and the cost is ridonkulous ($200K), it's still hard to believe that we could all be flying around like the Jetsons one day. How's that for a scary thought??

*****I saw a sign outside of one of those tents that sells fireworks. It said "Live Fireworks on DVD." REALLY?! Well, if it's on DVD then it's not live, you idiots.

******Lastly, designer diapers. REALLY?! If you want your kids to wear designer diapers then use cloth diapers with patterned covers, it's cuter and environmentally friendly.